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The Daily Swank: RehabVintageLA


There is something so swanky about vintage lockers and locker drawers. What do you think? Could you pull off one of these in your home?




This giant E is dreamy. I don't know where I'd put it, but if I had a daughter with an "E" name, I  think it would look great in a bedroom. 


Check out RehabVintageLA on Etsy. They're powder coating all kinds of cool swanky vintage. 



Shop Local: Bath & Body from WinsomeGreen in Manchester Kentucky

Have you thought about supporting your local community with everyday products? There is a handmade small business out there for almost anything you could ever want.

Let's start today with WinsomeGreen in my home state of Kentucky. 





Bath Tea 


Outdoors Survival Kit 


Milk Bath Soak 

Vintage Hot Spots: June 28th & 29th 2014


VI_Hot Spots

Ice Atlanta 



                                                              Buffalo County Fairgrounds
LandRunOKC                                                                             OKC Antique Show 
Did I miss your event? Email your poster or informtion to me. 

Vintage Indie Weddings: Carousel Fashion

It's is countdown time! My little sister will say I do, to her soul mate in just three short days. I'm honored to be her matron of honor and thrilled beyond words for her. Needless to say, we've both got weddings on our mind. I thought I would bring to you a new to me, gorgeous wedding dress designer, Carousel Fashion. 






Shop for all of these gorgeous handmade dresses  at CarouselFashion

All images copyright of  © CarouselFashion

Handmade Montessori: Getting Started Age 2 (almost)

I'm excited to be introducing a new column here at Vintage Indie, under our Teach Me category. Handmade Montessori will focus on Maria Montessori's strategies and will glean many important points of thought that she so eloquently taught.

However, if you are a die-hard Montessori parent or teacher, please note, I'm not an expert. As a matter of fact, this stage of "homeschooling" and methods are all new to me when they are defined as "school". I've always had my boys beside me learning. We've spent hours in the kitchen learning how to cook. They've spent time in the laundry room learning how to properly do laundry. We've taught them care of self since the beginning, but presented it to them in different ways. The Montessori approach is new to me in concept. Not hard, and very practical, but starting much earlier, learning to pay attention to my daughter's cues when she's ready to move on to the next thing.  

 I've done a lot of research on the topic and I'm currently enrolled in  Maren Schmidt's Online Course, Seeing Your Child the Montessori Way. Maren is such a sweet, soft spoken teacher, I love her approach to Montessori and her patience. If you haven't heard of her before, you must subscribe to her newsletter, it is wonderful. 


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I hope you will join me on this journey of Handmade Montessori, with my daughter and  learn something new to implement in your homeschool, or general life. We'll be discussing Montessori as well as all  things handmade, and DIY for teaching your toddler and preschooler at home.


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Shapes_clockShape Sorting Clock by Melissa & Doug 


This looks like it would be great for a States study. 

Ler0862_lMath Manipulitives Book & Kit



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Modern & Classic Jewlery Meet: Handcrafted by LexLuxe / Alexis Russell Jewelry


“Earthy and understated, yet refined and elegant” is how Alexis describes her collection. “I want women to feel both beautiful and comfortable wearing my pieces.

I consider myself a minimalist when it comes to jewelry. You won't find me decked out in head to toe accessories, but beautiful pieces to accent natural lines. I simply adore the handmade collection from LexLuxe. 






SHOP: LexLuxe


Through The Lens of Beverly LeFevre

{ Through the Lens } { Independent Photography }

 { Inspired by Summer }


It's coming! It's coming! In 2014, the summer solstice falls on June 21 at 6:51 A.M. EDT.  17 days away! 





It just so happens, that this talented photographer is also a homeschool mom, isn't that cool! Beverly's fine art photographs are simply stunning. If you'd like to hold on to summer all year long, visit Beverly's shop BeverlyLeFevre to purchase her prints. 

Let the countdown commence! 

Organic & Whole Living: BLP Salad

One evening as I was out and about running errands, I asked my husband to make us a salad for dinner. It's so nice to have a hubby who is willing cook and help in the kitchen. As a matter of fact, he has come a long way from not knowing how to cook much of anything, to dazzling me in the kitchen. 

Of course, whenever I say salad, his reply is always the same. "What is this s-a-l-a-d thing that you speak of". Does anyone else's husband think salads are funny? Anyway, what he came up with that night was absolutely delicious and one of our favorite salads that we have often as our main course. 

This recipe is so easy, you almost don't need a recipe, but I'm going to give you the basics and you can add or change it up to make it your own. 

Bacon, Lettuce, and Potato Salad! 

You will need:

 - 1 lb of bacon 

 - 1lb of Yukon Gold potatoes diced 

 - 3 heads of crispy romain lettuce 

 - any extras you'd like to add in. I like red and yellow bell peppers, tomatoes, purple onion etc. 

Start by cutting your lb of bacon in a cast iron skillet. Cook on medium to medium high, allowing for the bacon grease to release. This salad is all about the flavor of bacon. I like to use my kitchen shears to cut the bacon into bite sized pieces and drop them into the sizzling pan. 

Next, remove your bacon with a slotted spoon leaving the remaining bacon grease in the pan. Next, add your diced potatoes one layer at a time, and fry them up in the skillet. Remember the skillet is doing it's job to brown the potatoes, so don't try to stir them to quickly as they may stick. Keep working in batches frying up the potatoes, removing with a slotted spoon, until all of them have been cooked. 


This is one of those instances where I had planned to get a final photo of the assembled salad, but once everyone found out bacon was involved, the chaos in the kitchen prevented such. 

Assemble each bowl with lettuce, bacon, potatoes and any other additions that you would like. We like bell peppers, sometimes onions, and sometimes whatever fresh vegetable is in the fridge. It is a very forgiving salad, and according to my family anything with bacon is delicious, no matter how you eat it. 

Balsamic & Garlic Dressing 

You will need: 

 - 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
 - 1 tablespoon powdered or freshly chopped garlic
 - 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt 
 - 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
 - 3/4 cup olive oil

Shake all ingredients in a mason jar and you're set to go! 


Want to take this salad on the go? Fill the bottom of a quart mason jar with 1-2T of the Balsamic & Garlic dressing. Next, fill the jar with your crisp romain lettuce, top with bacon and potatoes. Seal with a lid. When you are ready to indulge, give the jar a slight shake to coat the lettuce in the dressing, open and enjoy! 

I hope your family enjoys this salad as much as we do. It is a fantastic base for getting loads of veggies in your family.